Carer Friendly Business Awards NT

Search for NT’s carer friendly businesses

June 21, 2017

Carers NT is on the look out for Territory businesses who go above and beyond their standard service to make a carer’s life easier.

Nominations are now open for the NT Carer Friendly Business Awards. These awards recognise outstanding service that has made an impact and difference to someone in their caring role or for employers who demonstrate an understanding of the needs of a carer.

“All too often unpaid carers go unrecognised,” said Carers NT CEO Steve Vitone.

“By recognising carer-friendly businesses and individuals, we are trying to encourage all businesses in the Northern Territory to do more for carers – to be more understanding, more accommodating, and more flexible than they are in their normal day-to-day operations. These Awards focus on the businesses and people that provide wonderful employment support or service to CARERS – not the care recipient.”

“And with an estimated 30,000 unpaid carers in the Territory, being a carer-friendly workplace or service provider makes business sense,” Mr Vitone said.

Nominations for the Carer Friendly Business Awards are open until Friday, 8 September.

To nominate a business or individual for a Carer-Friendly Business Award simply fill in the nomination form available from Carers NT website and explain how the business or person has gone above and beyond for an unpaid carer.

There are three categories in the Northern Territory Carer-Friendly Business Awards:

  • Carer Friendly Employer is for a business that employs a carer (usually the person nominating them)
  • Carer Friendly Service is a mainstream businesses, (eg banks, mechanics, florists, pharmacies, doctors) OR a registered service provider or not-for-profit organisation that may be directly associated with the health and community care services sector (eg Regis, Life without Barriers etc)
  • Carer Friendly Employee is for employees of a company or service provider that go the above and beyond standard business practice in helping carers.

Award recipients will be announced during National Carers Week at an Award Ceremony at Parliament House on 16 October.

“Nobody plans to become an unpaid family carer, however, the birth of a child with a disability; an injury due to an accident or trauma; the onset of a chronic or mental illness; or the development of frailty means that anyone could become a carer at any time. We encourage all businesses to share a thought for the valuable role carers play in our community and to consider going the extra length to help make their day.”

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